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Institute’s Philanthropy Recipients Announced


CAMBRIDGE, MA (March 11, 2014) – The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770  honored acclaimed Producer David Heyman last night as the 2014 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx . The annual Order of the Golden Sphinx gala was held at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. Heyman’s critically acclaimed box office hit Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney received 10 Academy Award nominations and won an outstanding seven Oscars.  He is the producer of all the film adaptations of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

The Order of the Golden Sphinx, named for a traditional symbol of The Hasty Pudding Institute, is the highest honor bestowed by the Institute. This award recognizes individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the arts.

The Order of the Golden Sphinx gala included a dinner with special performances by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and the Harvard Krokodiloes. The cast of Heathers: The Musical performed during the gala, as the Pudding recently announced the show as the first initiative of “Hasty Pudding Presents.”  This initiative endeavors to support professional performing arts projects consistent with the Pudding’s 200-year old brand and mission.  Laurence O’Keefe, co-author and producer of Heathers, is a proud Hasty Pudding alumnus.

Guests in attendance included Master of Ceremonies Andrew L. Farkas, Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2014 Man of the Year Neil Patrick Harris, Courtney B. Vance, Mo Rocca, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Jeff and Lisa Blau, Diane Paulus, Michael Mayer, Lyor Cohen, Daniel Loeb, Howard and Abby Milstein, Pamela Hanson, Mickey and Peggy Drexler, Steve Hanson, Stew Leonard, Susan Merinoff, and Barry and Lizanne Rosenstein.

Continuing their philanthropic mission, the Pudding officially announced the four funding initiatives:  the BAM Arts & Justice program, Arthur Miller Foundation and the Institute of Play, East End Special Players, and inaugural Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship with The Black List. The grant recipients represent the Institute’s mission to foster the arts and encourage their growth.

BAM Arts & Justice  program provides at-risk high school students with a forum for artistic creation related to social justice issues. Funding from the Pudding  enables the addition of a distance learning component for the program, connecting the students in New York City with an initiative at the Tate Liverpool in a collaborative creative exercise.

The Arthur Miller Foundation and Institute of Play donation will be used to support the design and pilot of an exportable theater-film program to re-envision the role of arts in middle and high school education. The pilot program will be the basis for an in-school curriculum with the potential for wide reach across public schools.

The East End Special Players, a theater company comprised of adults with disabilities, will hold their first performance in NYC on April 12. The Pudding is sponsoring this performance in order to allow the company to reach a broader audience, as well as to engage an intern to coordinate outreach and engagement around the event.

The inaugural Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship with The Black List begins March 18, 2014. The goal of this grant is to provide an aspiring writer of satire or social commentary the resources to continue developing content in the Hasty Pudding tradition. The Black List, an organization known for identifying the best screenplays in the entertainment industry, will host the Fellowship’s selection process; a panel of top producers, writers and entertainment industry executives will evaluate the top contenders to select the Fellow.




The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to promote freedom of expression

in all aspects of the performing arts, to encourage satire, comedy and the cultivation of young

talent, not just at Harvard but around the world. The Institute is comprised of The Hasty Pudding

Club (the oldest social club in the United States), The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest

theater group in the world, after the Comédie Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players)

and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States).

Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of

the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.


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